The Lute Society: Meetings


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Lute society meetings are free for all to attend, although there is usually a charge if you wish to attend the recital at the end of the meeting.

Agendas from previous meetings are available.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are generally held at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (nearest tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street).

Two Spring meetings

18th April, Oxford, Denis Arnold Hall, Music Faculty, jointly with viola da gamba society, masque music day.

11.00 Coffee
11.30 The Plan of Paris Viol, a talk by Shem Mackey
12.15 Reconstrucing ensembles from sketchy source materials, a talk by Liz Kenny
1.00 Lunch (and Viola da Gamba Society AGM)
2.00 Masque music in English lute sources, a talk by Matthew Spring, with presentation of John Robinson’s new edition of the repertoire
3.00 James Shirley’s masque, The Triumph of Peace, a talk by Andrew Ashbee
4.00 Break for tea
4.30 Recital: A Spagna in the Works,, Alison Crum on early viols, Roy Marks, lute play 16th century dances, divisions and instrumental settings, music by Anon, Ebreo, Ortiz, Rogniono, Tromboncino and others.

9th May, London at the Dutch church. A meeting on the theme of songs and lute-family instruments of 1,000 years ago. Schedule to be published shortly. The meeting will include our AGM, three luthiers showing reconstructions of citharas and early ouds, and a closing recital of Dowland and Campion songs, from Emma Kirkby's Dowland Works group of young singers and lutenists.

Meetings in 2020

  • March 5th-8th, Benslow Lutefest
  • April 18th, joint meeting with Viola da Gamba Society, Denis Arnold Hall, Oxford
  • May 9th, at the Dutch Church
  • June 5th-7th, Leiden, joint meeting the Nederlands Luitvereiniging
  • September 12th, at the Dutch Church
  • November 14th, at the Dutch Church

Meetings in 2021

February 6th, at the Dutch Church

Pictures from recent meetings

See Pictures from meetings

International events: other national lute societies´meetings


March 21-22, SOCIETE FRANCAISE DU LUTH, annual meeting, Paris

May 1-3, Festival der Laute, Burg Sternberg, Exertal, Germany, see:

May 15-16, III Convegno liutistico nazionale, Milano, Conservatorio “G. Verdi” (lectures and concerts, free entry) supported by Società del Liuto.

June 20, Nederlands Luitvereiniging day, Edegem, near Antwerp

October 11, Belgian Lute Academy annual lute day, Brussels


September 15–19 Basel Lute Days, Switserland, including Lute in higher education conference, DLG Festival, IMF tablature meeting